Monday 3 July 2023

Hold the front page 4… Darkness and light at Buxton Fringe

Patrick O'Donnell from Revenant

Welcome to our latest round up featuring extracts from the press releases of our Fringe entrants, this time Demon & Dust with Revenant by Stewart Roche, Buxton Fringe Theatre Production Award winners, Spanner in the Works, and Burbage Band - three events that show the Fringe in all its different moods. Don’t miss out as some of these performances are from the very start of the Fringe! The first two are at Underground with Burbage Band at the Methodist Church. For full details of their shows see our listings on 

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Demons & Dust are delighted to present  Revenant by Stewart Roche at Buxton Fringe 2023 starring Patrick O’Donnell (Best Actor nomination, Manchester Fringe 2021). 

Carter has found the perfect location to shoot his zombie movie set during the Irish famine - a country house on an island off the coast of Mayo. The only catch is he has it for just 3 days. So when his lead actor drops out the day before shooting starts, Carter is faced with a difficult decision- pull on the plug on his dream project or cast the mysterious Vardell, an actor of incendiary talent but someone with a dark past that he knows precious little about. As events unfold on set, Carter soon suspects that he may have made a grave mistake... 

Visceral, blackly comic and genuinely scary.

'****...a compelling and entertaining hour of superb storytelling…deliciously dark…O’Donnell’s delivery is magnificent.’ STARBURST Magazine

'Roche’s script is a spikenard of playful savagery....a comically fruitful idea combining gothic horror gore with a satire on movie-making and acting.’ The Irish Independent 

Stewart Roche is an award-winning writer from Dublin. In 2022 he was commissioned by BBC Radio 4 to write “Shard”, which will be broadcast on July 10th. His film “Where Still Waters Lie” won Best Foreign Short at the Monsterflix Awards, Best Drama at the Indie for you Festival and Best Horror at the Five Continents Film Festival, Tokyo Short Film Festival and the U-Horror film awards. It has also been nominated for best short at several other film festivals. His play “Revenant” was nominated for the Stewart Parker Award (Best debut play in Ireland). 

As an actor Patrick O Donnell has won numerous awards, most notably at the Dublin International Film Festival with the Irish Film Critics award for Best Actor for his performance in “The Fading Light.” He also won Best International Actor for his performance in “Tin Can Man” at the Sydney Underground Film Festival. He was nominated for Best Actor at the Manchester Fringe Festival in 2021 for “Revenant”. 

What if

Buxton Fringe Theatre Production Award-winners 2021-2022 return to Underground with the story of one mother's loss amid the Shankill Road bombing, Belfast 1993. Written and directed by Patricia Downey, this is the latest play from the multi-award-winning company. 

”A searing exposition of pain and grief a combination of wonderful writing and insightful acting” Belfast Telegraph

“Another hard-hitting masterpiece from Spanner in The Works Theatre Company and magnificently performed by Colette Hart and Neil Heaney, who brought you on a rollercoaster of grief that many experienced during the tragic troubles of Northern Ireland. No matter what your background or history is surrounding you, as a parent of a child, you will honestly feel every tiny drop of heartache, loss and sorrow as the events of this play unfold.” Audience feedback

Burbage Band

There’s nothing better than the sound of a quality brass band other than fabulous songsters as well as a brass band.

In the “Night of Glorious Melodies” concert by Burbage Band (Buxton) at the Buxton Festival Fringe on the 15th July you can hear it all.  The band will be featuring music from Stage and Screen and will be joined by professional soprano Katie Allan and West End Star Ashley Stillburn. The Band guarantees it will be an evening to remember. Book early!  

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